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SnoCast: A Mixed-Bag Of Snow As March Closes Out

waterville-valley Spring-like feels this week in the northeast, with a wintery and colder turn incoming over the weekend. They're digging it all at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire (WatervilleValley/Twitter)

The calendar says spring, but the weather says “here’s a little of everything!”. In true spring fashion, we’ll see ups and downs in temps, while precipitation type keeps us on the toe of our ski boots. Here’s what to expect in this week’s SnoCast.  

East

Let’s start in the East this week where mixed-bag March is in full swing. Blustery winds and rounds of wet weather blow through the northeast on Thursday to Friday. The exception will be in northern Maine where stubborn cold air will allow for as much as 3-8” of snow (or more in the northern-most tip). Saddleback and Big Squaw may benefit here.

As this storm lifts away, a winter-like chill is waiting in the wings, ready to pour into the Midwest and Northeast through the weekend. Scattered rain and snow showers Friday and Saturday will turn to mainly snow from west to east as temps fall.

A stiff west-northwesterly wind will allow for upslope snow along the west facing-northern Appalachians. We’ll see as much as 3-7” add up in the mountains from West Virginia late Friday through Saturday.  Farther north, New York’s Adirondacks and northern New England may pick up several inches of snow Sunday through Tuesday with the persistent cool flow. A winter-like chill sticks around trough much of next week in the East.

West

In the West, most areas are basking in well above average temperatures, bright skies, and therefore some pretty prime spring skiing through this weekend. The cold air, and the only shot for snow, remains locked up in western Canada for the next few days. British Columbia ski areas will bursts of wet snow Saturday.

 

The focus shifts to the U.S. West Coast by later Sunday as the next storm rotates in from the Pacific. While the models have been shifty on this system, the latest forecasts show a low tracking through southern California, taking the bulk of the moisture with it late Sunday-Tuesday. There’s still likely enough moisture to pump out moderate snow totals for the high Sierra through Monday (totals TBD).

This system slowly churns to the interior West, which means potential for new snow through early next week across the southwest and southern Rockies. It's definitely one to watch, but details are slim this far out.

By this point in the season, some ski areas are winding down. Be sure to check mountain status on our snow reports page. We’ve got a few more weeks of SnoCast still ahead, so we’ll see you right back here next Thursday for another peek at the best weather in ski country.  

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